Five luxe sunscreens that go on easy and aren’t creamy or streaky.
For all the rejoicing that comes with the arrival of summer, we know that warmer weather brings a new set of beauty concerns — chief among them, exposed skin begging for additional SPF.
To make applying SPF more appealing, there are new sunscreens that aren’t creamy or streaky. “It’s all about functionality,” says Patricia Wexler, a dermatologist in Manhattan. “There are new formulations that make using SPF much less invasive than it used to be.” Wexler also advises regular exfoliation, which can help ensure that sunscreen is evenly distributed.
Here are some new, dare we say luxe, sunscreens that may be worth a summer splurge.
Fresh Sugar Sport Treatment SPF 30 ($25 at fresh.com) is a thick, waxy stick that comes in a tube reminiscent of the shade of an Hermès shopping bag. It’s a tweak of the popular Sugar line of lip balms, but is designed to be used on the face and body as well, providing a higher level of sun protection. The water-resistant formula includes moisturizing avocado and black-currant-seed oil.
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Soleil Toujours, a line of sunscreens that is sold at stores like Barneys New York, is adding several new products to its offerings this month. Set + Protect Micro Mist ($36) is applied over makeup. It leaves the skin looking pleasantly matte while providing broad spectrum SPF 30 sun protection. Another addition to the line is an SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen ($39, both also at soleiltoujours.com) that comes in transparent and tinted formulas.
Zelens Body Defence Sunscreen ($67.50 at bathandunwind.com) was formulated by a plastic surgeon with a practice in London. It is an oil that has common sunscreen ingredients such as octinoxate and avobenzone added for broad spectrum SPF 30 protection, along with squalane to moisturize and vitamin E. The texture isn’t greasy, and it blends quickly into the skin. It can be used on the hair as well as the body.
Dr Russo Sun Protective Day Cleanser SPF 30 ($75 at spacenk.com) was conceived by a dermatologist based in Britain. It works counterintuitively: a milky face wash that leaves a protective layer of sunscreen on the skin after the cleanser is rinsed off. In the United States, where it was introduced a few months ago, it is available at Space NK.